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Drunken antics of Chicago cab riders can be costly

June 21, 2012|Amanda Boleman | For RedEye

Pukers beware--the cost of having one too many is going up.

Going into effect July 1, vomiting in a Chicago taxi will cost riders $50 as part of new taxi reforms taking place in the city. 

Some cabdrivers, including Hafid Oumarzouk of Albany Park, already charged their passengers for puking before the new law was even instituted.

"This guy was passed out drunk in the back seat," Oumarzouk said. "I didn't want to touch it so I called the police and made him pay me $50."

Beyond barf, cabdrivers have to deal with a lot of drunken antics of their wild riders.

"Every cab driver has funny drunk stories," said cabbie Sam Jiva. "The craziest thing that happened to me was a drunk guy that tried to run away without paying his cab fare. He pretended to have a gun to scare me, but I chased him and we got into a fist fight. I cornered him in an elevator and had him arrested."

From a passenger perspective, some people have had to put up with some odd behaviors from their drivers too.

Ashley Watson of Logan Square had a strange encounter with a cabdriver that locked her and her friends inside the taxi because they were drunk.

"He just kept saying, 'I know how this goes! They're all so drunk, I know they won't pay me!' "

But let's face it; it's usually the drunkards causing the commotion for cabbies.

Adrian Costin of Uptown described one setting where a girl was so drunk she couldn't even get into the cab without falling over.

"This girl was so wasted that she fell between the chairs in the back!" he said.

Costin also revealed tales of people under the influence with lowered inhibitions and high friskiness.

"I've had so many people making out in the back seat, it's ridiculous," he said.

While there might not be a fee for that yet, let's try to keep it classy, Chicago. Keep your barf and your body parts to yourself on the cab ride home.

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